View: Ideal Leeds United midfielder could be sold this month
Standard Liege could allow midfielder Nicolas Raskin to leave the club in the January transfer window with Leeds United in the hunt to sign him.
The 20-year-old was first linked to Elland Road in the Sunday Mirror (page 73, 16 January) and now Belgian broadcaster RTBF claim he could be on his way out.
Raskin has played at every level of youth football for Belgium as well as notching up more than 50 games for Standard Liege in the Belgian Pro League.
Marcelo Bielsa simply cannot afford his squad being depleted any further and the way injuries have struck his team this year, it wouldn’t surprise you if more were to come.
So he needs reinforcements and Raskin is an ideal player to bring in as a player in a similar mould to Kalvin Phillips in holding midfield.
His main strengths, according to WhoScored.com, are through balls and tackling which sounds exactly like the kind of player Bielsa would get along with.
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He averages nearly three tackles per game in the Belgian Pro League and, unsurprisingly, has picked up six yellow cards in the process this season.
But Bielsa needs numbers and if £6million really is the price they would have to pay, it would seem strange not to given all the data at the disposal of Leeds United.
RB Salzburg’s Brendan Aaronson is another midfielder on Leeds’ radar, according to Football Insights on Twitter, but a deal for the American would come at a much higher financial cost.
In other Leeds United news, Robin Koch has made a confident prediction that is echoed by every teammate at Elland Road.